Edinburgh has set out its plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.
A three-phased plan has been set out in the Corporate Policy & Strategy Committee report that seeks to deliver “an ambitious and innovative citywide approach to sustainability.”
By putting this strategy in place, the capital city is attempting to safeguard the health of its citizens in future, as well as future generations, given the real threat posed by poor air quality.
Reducing the harmful emissions in the city’s vehicles is key to achieving these targets, and Edinburgh Council Leader, Adam McVey, spoke at a cross-party meeting to outline the carbon neutral targets.
He said: “We are quite clear the 2030 target should be the target adopted by everyone in the city – public, private and third sector.
“We can achieve a zero carbon city by 2030 but we cannot afford for this to be delivered any later than 2037 so we have set this as an absolute limit on reaching this goal.
“I think it’s important that the Council and this city responds to the challenges that we all recognise are incredibly serious.”
The target set by Edinburgh Council of 2030 is 15 years earlier than the Scottish government’s ambition and in terms of transport, cleaner air will be facilitated in part by the low emission zone proposals that were outlined by the council, which will drive down carbon usage in the city.
Edinburgh’s commitment comes hot on the heels of Glasgow City Council’s announcement of a vision that will see it potentially become the first ‘net-zero’ city in the UK.
Scotland’s capital city is similarly committed to reducing its carbon footprint, which has decreased by 33% since 2005.
Adam McVey said significant progress has already been made. He said: “Already, we’re making great strides in cutting emissions in the capital, with our pioneering electric vehicle strategy moving on apace.”